REYNOLDS C. SMITH, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Reynolds Smith '32

Date of birth: March 10, 1909

Date of death: September 5, 1942

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Reynolds was lost when USS Gregory (APD 3) was sunk near Guadalcanal by Japanese surface forces early in the morning of September 5, 1942.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he has a memory marker in Michigan. He was also survived by his mother and "two small children" (from Lansing State Journal on September 16, 1942).

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1932

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS John Hollingsworth '31, ENS John Huntley '31, and ENS Thomas Williamson '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Waldron '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1933

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS John Hollingsworth '31, ENS John Huntley '31, and ENS Thomas Williamson '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Waldron '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

April 1933

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS John Hollingsworth '31 and ENS Thomas Williamson '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Waldron '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

July 1933

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Andrew Stewart '31 and ENS Thomas Williamson '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Waldron '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

October 1933

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Andrew Stewart '31 and ENS Thomas Williamson '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Waldron '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

April 1934

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Andrew Stewart '31 and ENS Thomas Williamson '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Waldron '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

July 1934

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Andrew Stewart '31 and ENS Thomas Williamson '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

October 1934

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: ENS Ernest Hodge '32 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B), ENS Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 (USS West Virginia).

January 1935

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: ENS Ernest Hodge '32 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B), ENS Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 (USS West Virginia).

April 1935

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: ENS Ernest Hodge '32 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B), ENS Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 (USS West Virginia).

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Portland

Others at this command: LTjg John Tennent, III '32.

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Lamson

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Lamson

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Drayton

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Kane

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Kane

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Kane

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Kane

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Antares

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Antares

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), commanding officer, USS Eagle 27

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), commanding officer, USS Eagle 27

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), commanding officer, USS PC-452

April 1941

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS PC-452


Class of 1932

Reynolds is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.